1. John Legend, Samuel Jackson, and Bernie Mac, "I'm Your Puppet" (Purify Brothers cover)
Taken from the soundtrack to the movie Soul Men, this cover is enough to make us reconsider our position on Auto-Tune. [Soul Sides]
2. Evidence feat. Phonte, Blu, and Will. I. Am, "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
In a rare hip-hop track that actually stops short of rapturous praise for Obama, Evidence says he needs a bit more, um, proof before he'll believe the Democratic nominee will fix all his problems. [Just a Moment]
3. Katy Perry, "Black and Gold" (Sam Sparro cover)
Perry brings Sparro's stargazing electro track back to earth with this soulful acoustic cover version. [Sheena Beaston]
4. Shearwater, "North Col"
This iTunes bonus track from the just-released Snow Leopard EP makes the "gunmetal hour" of twilight seems beautiful enough to make us forget about how much daylight saving time sucks. [Thanks Captain Obvious]
5. Friendly Fires feat. Au Revoir Simone, "Paris (Aeroplane Remix)"
Friendly Fires get their indie dance anthem Frenchified a bit more when Aeroplane replaces the original vocals and discos up the beat. [Ohh Crapp]